Canopy Tower, Soberania National Park
|Soberania National Park, Panama, PANAMA.|
Description: Canopy TowerCanopy Tower, featured in the TV documentary, "Panama: Paradise Found?" produced by the National Audubon Society and TBS and hosted by Mariel Hemingway, has five levels that offer different views of the forest around it. The flat roof is a great place to watch the canopy, as well as the Panama Canal and, in the distance, the skyline of the city. The top floor, covered by a 30 feet high geotangent dome (a variation of Bucky Fuller's famous geodesic dome), is used as the main dining area, and is completely surrounded by panoramic windows. The floors below house 12 two-person bedrooms with large windows and a full bathroom with hot-water showers each. Below the rooms, a mezzanine with more windows adds viewing opportunities of the lower levels of the forest canopy. Finally, the ground floor will house exhibits about the environment and the surrounding forest and the animals that live in it.
Type of rooms: Canopy Tower12 two-person bedrooms with large windows and a full bathroom with hot-water showers each.
Additional information: Canopy Tower
Tocumen International is 1hr. away. Airport shuttle service can be arranged.
The tower is not appropriate for small children but children over 13 are welcome.
The tower is not airconditioned for several reasons: It is not hot. The Canopy Tower is located on top of the highest hill in the vicinity, 1000 feet above sea level. There is always a breeze. The temperature often drops into the mid or low 70's (F), and many people wear light sweaters in the evenings. Furthermore, every room has a huge window and a big ceiling fan to enhance natural ventilation. Air-handlers on air conditioning systems are notoriously noisy. They want you to be able to hear the sounds of the rainforest, the howls of the howler monkeys, the hoots of the owls, and the songs of birds, not the hum and growl of technology. Air conditioning consumes lots of electricity. 50% of electric power in Panama comes from thermoelectric plants burning tons of oil and producing tons of pollution. In planning the Canopy Tower's conversion, Raúl made many decisions, including this one, in favor of continuing diverse life on the planet. We hope you'll agree that he made the right choice.
Number of rooms: 12
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 1965/1998.
Period of closure: Open all year.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English.Smoking policy: Non-smoking property.
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Mastercard, Visa.
GPS Coordinates: 9° 4' 39.87'' N 79° 38' 57.14'' W
Nearest airport: Albrook Field - 15 mn.
Rates: Canopy Tower
|High season||Green season||Migration season||Taxes||Service charge|
|Blue Cotinga Suite||288||199||238||incl.||not incl.|
|Harpy Eagle Suite||288||199||238||incl.||not incl.|
|Canopy Rooms||254||176||199||incl.||not incl.|
|Single Rooms*||176||122||150||incl.||not incl.|
|Breakfast per person||incl.||incl.||incl.|
|Description of seasons|
|High season: Dec.16-Apr.15
Green season: Apr.16-Sep.15
Migration season: Sep.16.-Dec.15
*Single room supplement: (one person staying in one double room)
In the High Season the single supplement is $155 per day.
In the Green Season the single room supplement is $45 per day.
In the Migration Season the single room supplement is $90 per day, except during the peak of the migration season, Oct 15-31, when the single supplement is of $155 per day.
The Single Rooms have only one bed and share one bathroom for the 5 rooms.
|Rates valid till (d/m/y)|
|Booking and cancellation policy|
|Prices and policies may change and should be confirmed at booking. They try not to increase prices out of respect for birders, and because the cost of traveling is rising.
Payment Policy: A non-refundable deposit equivalent to the first night's payment is necessary to confirm the reservation. The balance is payable 30 days from arrival. Note: In the High season the balance is payable 60 days from arrival.
Refund Policy: If cancellation is received between 30 and 15 days from arrival, 50% of the payment is refunded. If cancellation is received less than 15 days from arrival, the entire payment is forfeited. Note: In the High season if cancellation is received between 60 and 30 days from arrival, 50% is refunded. If cancellation is received less than 30 days from arrival the entire payment is forfeited.
For Groups please contact the Canopy Tower.
Tipping Policy: You can tip as much as you want, the more the better! However, a rule of thumb is between $5 and $10 per day. All tips are divided equally among the staff.